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Alumna Elected President of Science and Engineering Honor Society

Kelly Sullivan, a chemistry alumna, will begin her president-elect term July 1.

Written by Karin Slyker

Sullivan earned her doctorate in physical chemistry from Texas Tech in 1994 and currently works for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Sullivan earned her doctorate in physical chemistry from Texas Tech in 1994 and currently works for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Sigma Xi has announced Texas Tech alumna Kelly Sullivan as the next president of the international science and engineering honor society. She was elected president of the 125-year-old society at Sigma Xi’s annual meeting in Raleigh, N.C.

Sullivan earned her doctorate in physical chemistry from Texas Tech in 1994 and currently works for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as director of institutional partnerships.

With nearly 50,000 members in 100 countries, Sigma Xi associate members are invited to join only after showing potential in scientific research. Full membership is granted to those who have demonstrated noteworthy scientific achievements.

Sullivan’s research, prior to joining PNNL, focused on the electronic structure and stability of small molecules, and ions of atmospheric and mass spectrometric interest. More recently, she played a key role in the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable at the National Academies, leading efforts in STEM education.

Sigma Xi membership has included renowned scientists Albert Einstein and Linus Pauling, DNA discoverers Francis Crick and James Watson, physicists Enrico Fermi and Richard Feynman and geneticist Barbara McClintock, along with more than 200 other Nobel laureates.

Sullivan’s term as president-elect will begin July 1. She will become president on July 1, 2012.

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